Thursday, January 7, 2010

Did you feel it?

Citizens Contribute to Earthquake Science

Just ran across this public input opportunity which does not get as much input from Floridians (at least I hope not- we have enough to deal with hurricanes and storm surge) but is very interesting to see public comment used to help research around the world in areas prone to earthquakes.

Since the early 1990s, the magnitude and location of an earthquake have been available within minutes on the Internet. Now, as a result of work by the U.S. Geological Survey and with the cooperation of various regional seismic networks, people who experience an earthquake can go online and share information about its effects to help create a map of shaking intensities and damage. Such “Community Internet Intensity Maps” (CIIMs) contribute greatly toward the quick assessment of the scope of an earthquake emergency and provide valuable data for earthquake research.

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